I’ve been sitting on this post for a while, because I’ve got a question that’s very important to me but a bit of a sinking feeling that it won’t have the answer I’d like it to have. See I’m agender (as in not male and also not female). As you might imagine, this is a bit of a hassle when it comes to speaking in gendered languages.
My question is whether Welsh has any standard (or non-standard) gender-neutral pronouns or conventions. In Welsh could you, like in English, adopt “nhw” as a non-gendered singular pronoun? Has anyone ever proposed any new ones, either for gender diversity or gender neutrality (and how on earth would the mutations work)? Is there any way to find a middle ground of any kind between, for example, “athro” and “athrawes”?
If I’m going to really interact with people in Welsh rather than just enjoy it as my own private hobby, I think this is an issue I’ll have to grapple with and resolve in one way or another so I can stop just dwelling on it and getting bogged down. I understand for a language with a relatively small number of speakers this might not register on too many people’s radars, but if I’m going to find any answers at all, I’d say this forum would be my best bet. If the only answers I get are “no idea, sorry”, then that’s an answer in itself, which is more than I had before and therefore a good thing.
So thanks for reading, and thanks everyone for making this a forum where even though I don’t really use it, I’m happy and comfortable to post a question like this here. I really do love this website.